Total announced Wednesday the launch of an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles in line with Total's climate strategy and the group’s ambition to reduce the carbon footprint of the energy products offered to its customers.
Two new product lines are now available to automakers: Total Quartz EV Fluid for light vehicles, and Total Rubia EV Fluid for industrial and utility vehicles and electric buses.
"Produced thanks to important efforts of the Group’s R&D teams, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the various components of these new types of engines and to ensure that they remain in peak condition throughout their lifetime," a statement read.
Marketed by Total Lubricants, these lines were developed to provide a better solution for the specific issues linked to engines and transmissions with high rotation speeds, and the need to control heat exchange in electric batteries, Total said.
According to the statement, Total researchers focused their research and development efforts for these fluids on four main characteristics, required by any electric or hybrid application.
These characteristics include dielectric properties, which are essential to any usage with electric current; and secondly compatibility with new electrification components, helping to prevent the corrosion of copper coils in electric engines and protect their polymer coatings.
The third includes a solution for the temperature constraints specific to electric models: rapid calorific evacuation during major accelerations or fast charges, and thermal management for batteries, etc.
Total will also offer conventional lubrication services for transmissions to protect their mechanical components, maintain optimal friction properties and ensure vehicles efficiency over time.
"Through extensive research efforts, we are proud to have developed products that align with the new needs of electric mobility," said Philippe Charleux, senior vice president of Lubricants and Specialities at Total.
"Integrated before the vehicles leave the factories, these high-performance fluids will accompany them throughout their service lives, benefitting all our customers: parts manufacturers, automakers and end users. This project illustrates our technical excellence and our ability to anticipate and innovate, which we leverage for a sustainable and performing mobility," he added.
By Hale Turkes